27 & 28 November International Conference 'Crime and Gender 1600-1900, comparative perspectives'

Historians and criminologists have often assumed that gender differences in recorded crime were static over time and that women were in general less likely to commit crime than men. Given the evidence of high female crime rates in the past, there is a need for a long-term and comparative historical approach to crime and gender. This conference aims at developing comparative historical studies that will help explaining gender differences in crime in various settings, within and beyond Europe.

The conference aims to discuss the following subjects:

  • How violent were men and women between 1600 and 1900?
  • How can we explain fundamental changes in the prosecution of women’s crime (such as the decline of 'female crime' and the 'criminalization of men')?
  • How can we explain regional and global variations in female crime rates between 1600 and 1900?
  • In what ways did migration and household systems play a role in the crimes of men and women?
  • How did crime, space and gender relate?
  • How were crimes of men and women perceived by the media before ca.1920?

The papers presented at the conference will be taken into consideration as chapters for a collective book series on crime and gender or a special issue, to be published in 2016.


Prof.dr. M.P.C. (Manon) van der Heijden and Dr. M. (Marion) Pluskota.

Visit the project website: www.crimeandgender.nl

Last Modified: 26-11-2015